Beginning Vegetable Gardening – Planting Guide For Beginning Gardeners

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The first few weeks of spring are prime vegetable garden growing months. With fresh and easily available organic vegetables in short supply, the sooner you begin with vegetable garden gardening, the better. Whether you prefer herbs, vegetables, and many other crops, these early spring vegetable garden plants definitely are the way to go! As you might know, there are even some flowers that are actually edible! Spring is also a time when you can find discounts at local nurseries.

If you have ever attempted to plant anything in the shade, you know it can be a challenge. In fact, most people give up on planting anything in the shade because they are afraid they will not get the sunlight they need to grow. Some of the most beautiful vegetable garden plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, need lots of sunlight to thrive. So, if you plan to use a shade garden, it would be a good idea to plant something like a shade-tolerant cactus or shrub. But, with that being said, let’s talk about how to best plant vegetable garden plants that will get plenty of sunlight.

Vegetable Garden Plants

So, you need to consider your soil. Healthy soil will help hold in moisture. However, it also needs to provide ample drainage. This is important because you do not want water to soak into your vegetable plants. If your soil is full of water, it is very unlikely that the plants will prosper. In fact, they could even die from lack of water!

So, let’s talk about how you can improve the quality of your soil. You can make your soil rich in organic matter by adding organic matter to it. This can include manure from your animal herds, dead leaves and grass from your yard, fertilizers, and natural plant foods like kitchen garden scraps. Make sure that the organic matter is not heavy. In other words, you do not want to add too much organic matter to the soil so that the plants will not be heavy.

Now, let’s consider the plants that you would like to harvest. If you are going to pick fruits, you would grow carrots and squash. However, if you are going to grow vegetables, you should consider growing greens like spinach, kale, cabbage, broccoli, and collard. These are all great choices, since they are not heavy, but will give you plenty to harvest.

Your next consideration when choosing plants for your kitchen garden is the plants that will grow best with your soil type. If you have clay soils, you might want to plant celery, radishes, and broccoli for good quality harvests. But, if you have limestone soils, you might want to plant onions, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, garlic, and tomatoes.

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A close up of a cactus

One important thing to consider is that you should also plant root vegetables such as carrots and radishes in the garden. Root vegetables such as these will help your garden develop a thick and healthy soil structure. If your garden has clay soil, avoid planting root vegetables and stick to soft fruit and vegetables instead. This will prevent the clay from clumping and holding water.

A well-balanced diet is essential for growing healthy plants. You do not need to spend too much money on special growing equipment. Growing vegetable gardens is a fun activity to get into and can be quite inexpensive. Just be sure that you follow the proper growing techniques when you plant your first vegetable or flower garden. Good luck growing your new kitchen garden seeds!

Always check with your local extension office to see what crop times are available in your area. The earlier you can start your crops, the better. If you are growing hardy annual crops like tomatoes and spinach, you can even wait till the last couple of weeks of summer to harvest them. Be sure to plant your crops in the fall so they will have a nice warm growing season. If you choose to put some livestock in your garden, be sure to get their required hormones in advance so they can be fed right before the harvest season.

There are many things to think about when vegetable gardening. Some varieties require more water than other varieties. Some varieties need more sunshine than others. And some varieties are not very easy to grow at first. But there are plenty of resources out there that can help you learn more about vegetable gardening.

Bottom Line

Your vegetable garden does not have to be a simple rectangular or square structure. You can do whatever you want with the shape as long as the beds are deep enough to hold the weight of your plants. You can even plant a variety of dwarf varieties. There are hundreds of books that can help you with planting techniques. If you are just starting out, there are plenty of books that can help you get started with no soil whatsoever. No matter what kind of crops you plan to plant, there is plenty of information on the Internet about planting different kinds of crops.

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